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    Asus P5B motherboard family

    It seems from reading the forums that the Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi
    is the best board for overclocking but at £120 its a bit steep and I dont need WiFi.

    So my question is are the other P5B boards just as good at overclocking?

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    Couldn't beleive my eyes. It's cheaper than Scan! (£113 inc VAT)

    Most ASUS in that range seem pretty good from what i've read, but this one is a particular exception, and apparently has the best build quality.
    Try and stretch

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    The P5B-E is not bad, but all reviews seem to say the P5B Deluxe is the Dog's B's. Got mine arriving tomorrow (ebuyer.com has it for £113.98 with free delivery)

    I agree with DecomposingStar that it's definitely worth spending a little bit extra on the motherboard since it's such a critical component that connects everything else together, especially if you are going to overclock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defenestration View Post
    The P5B-E is not bad, but all reviews seem to say the P5B Deluxe is the Dog's B's. Got mine arriving tomorrow (ebuyer.com has it for £113.98 with free delivery)

    I agree with DecomposingStar that it's definitely worth spending a little bit extra on the motherboard since it's such a critical component that connects everything else together, especially if you are going to overclock.
    I'll be checking out Ebuyer now...

    Totally right, but Asus have proven that you don't need to spend anything extra, just choose the right board. My Foxconn mobo (975XAB) was about £130 i think. It's a total peice of crap, it has alot of false advertisemnt, flashing the bios could not be more difficult, depsite a windows-based update tool, overclocking is dire and very jumpy, it has a lack of anything that puts it ahead of the game, the support and online information is aweful, the User Manual is full of gramatical errors and spelling errors as well as the actual BIOS itself.

    Anyway, thats my foxconn rant.

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    The boards at MD and Ebuyer are the P5B Dlx without the the Wi-Fi card hence the price diff between them and Scan so beware if you actually want the board with the Wi-Fi card.

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    It said Wifi AP on it... :S
    But yeah i don't care for the Wifi to be honest...

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    MD quite clearly state which has and hasn't the wireless.

    If you get the free delivery from Scan, it'll be nearly as cheap to get the wireless version anyway.

    I've got the non-wireless, and the only difference is they never stuck the wireless port onto the motherboard. You'd be losing nothing by getting the one without wireless (other than the wireless...). Just beware that they do have different BIOS updates (a common mistake).

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    Well its handy to know. Thanks for the info, the board desciptions are kinda misleading.

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    Indeed - until I rechecked my order I didn't realise I was getting the 'wirelessless' one. Wasn't fussed though - my PCs are in the smallest room known to man with a heck of a lot of other electronics, so a couple of extra CAT5es aren't going to do much.

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    Asus P5B-E Plus i965
    or
    Asus P5B-Plus Vista Edition
    Both these boards are revisd versions which seem to be proving pretty good ocers when u look round the various forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Indeed - until I rechecked my order I didn't realise I was getting the 'wirelessless' one. Wasn't fussed though - my PCs are in the smallest room known to man with a heck of a lot of other electronics, so a couple of extra CAT5es aren't going to do much.
    I currently have a wireless router, but due to the lack of Vista drivers that Belkin had at the time, i'm using an ethernet connection that i USED to use for Xbox Live from my router to my room, so i don't mind either way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Supershanks View Post
    Asus P5B-E Plus i965
    or
    Asus P5B-Plus Vista Edition
    Both these boards are revisd versions which seem to be proving pretty good ocers when u look round the various forums.
    Well, it seems like its down to personal taste. Just bear in mind that "vista readY" means bollocks all, to be perfectly honest. If either of them have differences you prefer then weigh it up and get the one that suits you. I've never heard anything negative about either.

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    that "vista readY" means bollocks all,
    absolutely just showed it as some may orefer it , it does i think have an extra sata port etc., which imo count for more than "vista ready"

    they both appear to be decent value.

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    I don't see how an additional sata port has anything to do with Vista... But ok.

    Any board based on the P5B should be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DecomposingStar View Post
    I don't see how an additional sata port has anything to do with Vista... But ok.
    He didnt say it does, he said that in his opinion, the extra sata port counts for more than it being vista ready.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    The P5B Deluxe board I mentioned on ebuyer has the WIFI, but I agree it's not a big deal. I plan on disabling it in the BIOS until I need/want to use it

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116481

    The new Asus P5B "Vista ready" mobo's have support for ScreenDuo and ASAP (ASUS Accelerated Propeller). The Premium version has an extra PCI-E 16x for Crossfire. Other than this they are pretty much the same as the non-Vista boards:

    ScreenDuo
    Included with the motherboard is a little extra screen that you hook up to the PC via USB and which can display additional info like RSS feeds, calendar schedule or system information.
    ASAP (ASUS Accelerated Propeller)
    Behind this odd name we find 512 MB flash-memory that has been integrated onto the motherboard. In Vista it supports ReadyBoost.

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    I don't see how an additional sata port has anything to do with Vista... But ok.
    Exactly my point - the board has some slightly better specs, which the marketing men have jumped on as being vista ready. In the end as always do u pay +£ for the extra , down 2 the individual.

    If u really want marketing hype Oh look a new OS i read a review the other day where the reviewer was describing that all tthe features worked in xp & the built in pen drive with the ASAP (ASUS Accelerated Propeller) moniker barely made the speed requirements set by vista.
    see also ASUS P5B Premium Vista Edition another vista ready in case u were getting short of choices.

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